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Volume 18 Supplement 1

19th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions

Left atrial remodeling and mechanical dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy


Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and LA enlargement have more serious cardiovascular events. This study sought to determine the contribution of left atrial (LA) remodeling and mechanical function to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) by comparing HCM patients to age- and gender-matched control subjects and young healthy control subjects, and also to assess whether LA remodeling and mechanical function including global strain are related to the characteristics of HCM.


A total of 79 patients with HCM who underwent both 2D-speckle tracking echocardiography and cardiac MRI were included (54 ± 12 years; 60 men) and compared to 79 age- and gender-matched control subjects and 20 young healthy control subjects. LA diameter and volume, expansion index for reservoir function, active emptying fraction for pump function, global longitudinal LA strain were measured. The type of HCM, the presence and extent of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in left ventricular (LV) myocardium and LV mass index by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was evaluated.


When compared to age- and gender-matched control subjects and young healthy control subjects, HCM patients showed an increased LA volume index (30.0 ± 8.7 ml/m2 vs 31.3 ± 7.0 ml/m2 vs 43.6 ± 15.1 ml/m2, P value < 0.001), impaired reservoir function (111 ± 42 % vs 150 ± 57 % vs 94 ± 41 %, P value < 0.001), decreased LA global strain (27.6 ± 7.7 % vs 31.5 ± 5.6 % vs 22.4 ± 7.9 %, P value < 0.001). LA volume index and global strain demonstrated graded association with the extent of LV myocardial scar and LV mass index evaluated by cardiac MRI. (Figure) However, LV mass index was the only independent determinant of LA enlargement and LA global strain rather than LGE extent (LA maximum volume index: ß = 0.358, P value = 0.003, LA global strain: ß = -0.295, P value = 0.021).


In HCM, the strongest determinant of LA remodeling and dysfunction is left LV mass index rather than the extent of LV myocardial scar.

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Kim, KJ., Choi, HM., Yoon, Y.E. et al. Left atrial remodeling and mechanical dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 18 (Suppl 1), P288 (2016).

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  • Late Gadolinium Enhancement
  • Left Atrial
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Left Ventricular Mass Index
  • Left Atrial Enlargement